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New Video Tells Alaska Aviation Lifeline Story


(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) The Department of Transportation and Public Facilities Division of Statewide Aviation produced the first of a two-part series video illustrating how aviation serves as a lifeline for 82% of the communities in Alaska. Filmed in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, the video features interviews with village residents and service providers who describe how important aviation is in their lives.  

The second video will focus on the fiscal and logistical challenges of building and maintaining airports in rural Alaska and will be available later this year. The video series is a collaborative effort between the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, Federal Aviation Administration, the Governor’s Aviation Advisory Board, aviation advocacy groups, and other state agencies.

“These videos should serve us well. We will be able to better demonstrate the vital importance of aviation in Alaska, and explain why rural airports are more expensive to build and maintain than their lower 48 counterparts,” said Deputy Commissioner of Aviation Steve Hatter. “We want to help people understand what we deal with at the local and state level here in Alaska. The videos will serve as a valuable educational tool for federal partners, congressional leaders, legislators, and the public at large.”

The Alaska Aviation Lifeline video can be accessed on the DOT&PF webpage www.dot.alaska.gov and viewed at these links: Vimeo at http://vimeo.com/39894638 and on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDGw09IuApE     

The Department of Transportation and Public Facilities oversees 254 airports, 11 ferries serving 33 communities, 5,700 miles of highway and 660 public facilities throughout the state of Alaska. The mission of the department is to Get Alaska Moving through service and infrastructure.

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